Pete Schneider does not like being the center of attention even though he's been the athletic director at a high school that has commanded the spotlight for years.
It's not surprising he did his best to avoid answering questions when asked about his impending departure from St. Joe's.
Schneider's tenure as athletic director ends Friday once he completes his final shift. He leaves the school to take over as Executive Director of the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association on Saturday – the league that has been the longtime home of sports teams from St. Joe's and other Catholic/private schools in the area.
Schneider's departure ends his 12-year run as being part of the Marauders' sports leadership group.
"Absolutely I'll miss the place," said Schneider, who in addition to his role in the MMHSAA will also get to spend more time with his family. "That's the biggest part of being in a school, the kids you work with and the people you work with. … I'll miss that."
St. Joe's announced Schneider's decision last December but is still in the process of finding a replacement, according to school president Robert T. Scott.
"I'm hoping that after Easter we'll have someone to announce," Scott said.
Schneider succeeded longtime AD and Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Famer Joe Wolf in 2008. Schneider served as an assistant athletic director at the school prior to moving into the main role. He also coached the hockey team to multiple Federation and state titles before moving into the athletic director's position.
Schneider and Doug Webster had been filling in as executive director of the MMHSAA on an interim basis since October, with Schneider overseeing boys' sports and Webster the girls. Both served as vice presidents to former executive director Brian Kiszewski, who stepped down last fall.
Schneider was initially named interim executive director by the league's board of principals effective April 1 back in December. A month ago, the board of principals announced it had removed the interim tag.
"We look forward to working with Peter in the future," Board of Principals Chairperson Marissa Dauria said via statement.
"Pete has been a loyal, dedicated, (and one of the) most hard-working guys I've ever met," Scott said. "He cares deeply about these kids, and I think the Monsignor Martin will be the beneficiary of a very good man."